Torii Hunter is an amazing baseball talent who is awful at taking a nice pair of shoes out for a test drive.
So far, there isn't really anything out of the ordinary for a 38-year-old veteran, but there is when you consider his injury might be due to really tight dress shoes.
The Detroit right fielder left Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning because of a sore left Achilles. Hunter says the problem was caused by dress shoes that were too tight.
“I’ll be fine tomorrow. Just a little sore,” Hunter said. “I played through it the whole game. It happened this morning, but I’m fine. I’m fine.”
We will go ahead and put procuring a sore Achilles because of tight shoes right on the top of a very solid 2013 pile.
Unfortunately, the report doesn't give any more details on the injury or the shoes, which is like finally getting to the best part of a mystery novel only to have it cut off.
There are far too many questions we fear will go unanswered. Even after the World Series, I will look back on this as the season's great mystery.
Fear not, Tigers fans. You may not be without Hunter for long. The Detroit Free Press reports Hunter was adamant he will be in the lineup on Friday. "Hell no. I’m a gamer, man. I come ready to play. You know that. I’ll be in there tomorrow. Don’t worry about it. Everything’s fine."
Hunter is having a great season and is a big reason the Tigers continue to be on top of the AL Central. In 91 games, Hunter has posted an .809 OPS along with 10 home runs and 49 runs batted in.
He is wrapping up a fine career and is clearly a key piece of another Tigers contender. Still, the wise veteran may need some help finding some shoes that fit.
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